marmls2m wrote: *scissors*
Firstly, I don't like this design, personally. Not my thing, and going into the reasons would be incredibly redundant as they've been said a million times.
That said, you talk about him being rude to people, but look at all the things people say to him. I mean, he made a drawing and submitted it to a contest. Yes it's competitive, yes $1000 is on the line, but this got really personal really quickly. You're entitled to say whatever you like, this is the internet, but to see someone receive so many personal insults over such a long period of time, can you honestly expect them to humbly bend over and take it? To say "oh, your endless berating has shown me the error of my ways, how could I not have seen it sooner?"
I mean, come on. Criticize him for his endlessly overused rabbits, or the fact that this is a pretty generic design, but to make personal judgments is a HUGE stretch. You don't know anything about this guy except that he likes anime, and panders to the public. I don't think that makes him a great guy, maybe even a good guy, but he's not necessarily a bad one. People are just pissed off and want someone to lynch.
I'm not going to insult the artist, or cast shame on Woot for printing his stuff when it wins. I'm not going to buy this shirt if it wins, and I'm going to vote for the things I like. Tattle on the shirt, and if enough people do it it's less likely for Woot to ignore the claim of unoriginality. THAT'S the built in mechanism for removing shirts that you feel break the rules. Ultimately, rejecting is up to Woot and there is only so much you can do. But you know, it isn't your website, or your design contest, or your $1000 that's going to the winner; they have more invested in this than you do and running the contest should, by all rights, be up to them.